Choose a format that works for you: The correct, easy-to-read formats for resumes are chronological and functional. Chronological resumes emphasize your work history, while the functional format places the emphasis on your skills.

Set the right tone: Emphasize the positive, sell your strengths, highlight your accomplishments, and tell what you’ve achieved in addition to listing job responsibilities.

Avoid wordiness: Use familiar terms (avoid jargon!), use key words and phrases instead of complete sentences, do not use the pronoun “I”, be direct, and use action verbs.

Be honest! The quickest way to lose a job opportunity is to lie on your resume.

Keep your resume to one or two pages: A resume is a summary, not an autobiography.

Proofread it carefully: Check spelling and punctuation, grammar, and word usage.

Keep personal data to a minimum, or better yet, omit it entirely.

Do not give the reasons behind the selection of your references: If an employer needs that information, they’ll ask you when you are interviewed. Instead, simply give names, job titles, companies, and contact information.